Revitalizations and Mazeways: Essays on Culture Change, Volume 1 / Edition 1

Revitalizations and Mazeways: Essays on Culture Change, Volume 1 / Edition 1

by Anthony F. C. Wallace
     
 

Anthony F. C. Wallace, one of the most influential American anthropologists of the modern era, brings together some of his most stimulating and celebrated writings. These essays feature his seminal work on revitalization movements, which has profoundly shaped our understanding of the processes of change in religious and political organizations—from the

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Anthony F. C. Wallace, one of the most influential American anthropologists of the modern era, brings together some of his most stimulating and celebrated writings. These essays feature his seminal work on revitalization movements, which has profoundly shaped our understanding of the processes of change in religious and political organizations—from the nineteenth-century code of the Seneca prophet known as Handsome Lake to the origins of world religions and political faiths. Wallace also discusses mazeways—mental maps that join personalities with cultures and thereby illustrate how individuals embrace their culture, conduct everyday life, and cope with illness and other forms of severe personal or cultural stress.
 
Wallace offers a set of penetrating observations and analyses of change on topics ranging from immediate responses to disasters to long-term technological adaptations and transformations in artistic style. Wallace’s theories, fieldwork, and concepts featured in this landmark volume continue to challenge scholars across disciplines, including anthropologists, historians, sociologists, and theologians.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780803298361
Publisher:
University of Nebraska Press
Publication date:
12/01/2003
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
339
Product dimensions:
0.75(w) x 6.00(h) x 9.00(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
Preface
Pt. IProcesses of Culture Change
1Revitalization Movements9
2The Dekanawideh Myth Analyzed as the Record of a Revitalization Movement30
3New Religions among the Delaware Indians, 1600-190038
4Handsome Lake and the Decline of the Iroquois Matriarchate57
5Paradigmatic Processes in Culture Change68
6Technology in Culture: The Meaning of Cultural Fit85
7Paradigms and Revolutions in the Arts120
Pt. IICulture and Personality
8The Disaster Syndrome149
9Mazeway Resynthesis: A Biocultural Theory of Religious Inspiration164
10Mazeway Disintegration: The Individual's Perception of Socio-Cultural Disorganization178
11Dreams and the Wishes of the Soul: A Type of Psychoanalytic Theory among the Seventeenth Century Iroquois189
12The Psychic Unity of Human Groups207
13Mental Illness, Biology, and Culture225
14The Trip262
15The Identity Struggle269
References Cited311
Source Acknowledgments325
Index327

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